Viewers who were glued to the TV for Mariah Carey’s performance on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2017” we know now were in for a big disappointment, as there were problems with the lip sync track. Carey played it off as well as she could, but the disastrous performance was all over social media on New Year’s Day.
Now, Carey’s manager is fuming and saying that the producers of the show “sabotaged” the performance in the hope of getting higher ratings, according to Page Six.
Carey’s manager, Stella Bulochnikov, sent an angry and at times all-cap letter to the producer of the show for sending Carey out on stage to perform with malfunctioning sound equipment.
“You know her inner ears were NOT working and your entire production team did not set her up to win,” Bulochnikov wrote. She continued, “AND MARIAH KEPT TELLING THEM [something was wrong] ON STAGE IN REAL TIME,” which viewers of the special can attest to. “THEY KEPT IGNORING HER. SHE TOOK A HIT HONORING HER COMMITMENT TO YOU. I SHOULD HAVE PULLED HER OFF THE STAGE THIS IS SABOTAGE.”
She ended the letter demanding a formal apology, Page Six reports.
Bulochnikov later told The Post that she didn’t think the producers intentionally sent her on stage with faulty equipment for ratings but once they saw what was going on, went with it anyway thinking the meltdown would be good for ratings.
“Once things went wrong, they took the decision to keep rolling and make her look like a train wreck for the ratings,” she said.
Welcome to Hollyweed
Maria Carey wasn’t the only one worried about sabotage on New Year’s. Someone during the early hours of New Year’s Day vandalized the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles to read as Hollyweed, according to Vanity Fair.
The vandal hung black and white tarps over the two O’s in the sign to make them look like E’s.
The image quickly went viral on social media. And this is not the first time someone tried to make the Hollywood sign green.
In 1976 on New Year’s Day, a Hollywood resident also changed the sign to read Hollyweed, celebrating the first year marijuana was decriminalized in California, Vanity Fair reports.
Fisher, Reynolds doc released
In the wake of the tragic deaths of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher this week, HBO announced Friday that it has pushed up the debut of the mother-daughter documentary “Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds” to Jan. 7 at 8 p.m.
HBO describes the film, which had showings at several film festivals including Cannes and Telluride, as “an intimate portrait of Hollywood royalty in all its eccentricity.” It chronicles the complex relationship between the dynamic duo, who lived next door to each other in the same Beverly Hills compound.
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